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2021-2022 Grant Cycle Suspended

The Rubenstein Library will not offer research travel grants for the 2021-2022 cycle due to ongoing travel restrictions at Duke University and many other academic institutions in order to reduce the spread of Covid-19. We continue to offer reproduction services to all researchers through our regular online request process to provide access to our collections. We are using this time period to assess our current travel grant program in relation to the Rubenstein Library’s commitment to our Racial Justice Roadmap.

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What are the Franklin Research Center travel grants?

Thanks to generous funding from GlaxoSmithKline, the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture offers annual travel grants of up to $1,500 for researchers whose work would benefit from access to African, African American, and African Diaspora collections held at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.  For more details about the application process and timeline, please visit the Rubenstein Library's travel grant main page.

What research projects and topics are appropriate?

Franklin Research Center Travel Grants support projects that present creative approaches in historical research and documentation projects resulting in dissertations, publications, exhibitions, educational initiatives, documentary films, or other multimedia products and artistic works.

Research projects must use materials from the John Hope Franklin Research Center's African and African American rare book and manuscript collections. Anyone who wishes to use materials from the Franklin Research Center's for research may apply, regardless of academic status or instutional affiliation.

Not all African and African American history collections at the Rubenstein Library are eligible under the terms of the grant, so please contact the director of the Franklin Research Center if the collection area is not clear. For example, black history collections that are part of the Duke University Archives, Jazz archives, or American Dance Festival are not eligible for a travel grant.

Find more detailed information about our collections here. We realize that this process can be complicated, so if any questions arise, please consult the Franklin Research Center director for clarification. All of our materials are included in the Duke University Libraries online catalog.